About The Pack
Bryan Martin is a winemaker at the height of his powers. Setting aside the exceptional work he is doing behind the scenes at regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, his Ravensworth wines have become some of the Canberra region’s hottest releases.
In this pack you will find all of Bryan's current premium releases, including five wines grown on his own vineyard in Murrumbateman.
This is the best way t get to know this star Canberra producer.
2017 Ravensworth Estate Riesling
The Ravensworth Riesling has always been a blend of Estate grown fruit from Bryan Martin's home block blended with some high quality fruit from fellow surrounding growers. Here, the Ravensworth Estate fruit gets its own bottling for the first time and it's a show stopping release.
This spent 10 months on lees inside a huge 700L ceramic egg, slowly enriching the textural components which really set this apart for other Rieslings from the region.
The acidity here is absolutely electric. As Mike Bennie so beautifully articulated in his 95 point review of the inaugural release, "the lasting message is ‘very delicious’. Scintillating wine. Such high pedigree and drinkability."
This is one of Bryan's most exciting releases to date. His home grown fruit truly coming into its own.Read more about 2017 Ravensworth Estate Riesling
2017 Ravensworth Seven Months
The curious blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc fermented on skins in ceramic egg for seven months (hence the name), with this extended skin contact adding all sorts of colour, texture and complexity.
This year's might be the best to date, a glorious mouthful of fruit that's slippery, grippy, textural and thought-provoking. Mike Bennie summed it up beautifully in his 94 point review pointing out that we have a, "Wonderful expression here."Read more about 2017 Ravensworth Seven Months
2017 Ravensworth The Grainery
Ravensworth 'The Grainery' is a unique wine in the Canberra wine landscape.
Made from a blend of Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay fruit sourced from both Bryan's vineyard in Murrumbateman, this wine is all about balance in the mouth.
The way Bryan juggles whole bunch ferment, skin contact and time on lees in making this wine is masterful. It fills the palate with all kinds of shapes and flavours and it maintains a lightness and freshness that this style or blend so often lacks.
Another big win for Bryan Martin and a must try for lovers of textural whites.Read more about 2017 Ravensworth The Grainery
2017 Ravensworth The Tinderry
The 'Tinderry' is a project a long time in the making for Bryan Martin.
After planting Cabernet Franc on his home vineyard over 10 years ago, this is only the second release of this funky and delicious little red. This is Cabernet Franc at its most fragrant and beguiling.
The addition of 25% (!) Sauvignon Blanc was made to further enhance freshness and ease up the sheer intensity of the fruit Bryan picked in 2017. It's an altogether fantastic expression of the two closely linked varieties.
There was only a small amount of this wine made as is the case with all of Bryan's 'experimental' range. Grab one and enjoy.Read more about 2017 Ravensworth The Tinderry
2016 Ravensworth Estate Sangiovese
Bryan Martin's Estate vineyard in Murrumbateman has Sangiovese vines on it that go back 20 years. He has been refining his approach to this wine for many years now and has seemed to find a more traditional method of production as the best course of action.
This is the first year that his home-grown fruit has gone into huge 2800L foudre for 22 months ageing. As Bryan explains, "A timeless method for this variety that allows it to progress slowly without gathering layers of oak."
The proof is in the pudding and it is clear that this is one of the more impressive Sangioveses in the country. Firm and gravelly with beautiful Autumnal aromatics, this is Sangiovese with a refined Australian accent.Read more about 2016 Ravensworth Estate Sangiovese
2016 Ravensworth Nebbiolo
Only the fourth ever release of the wine, this comes from the 2016 vintage in the Hilltops region, and it looks fantastic. Importantly, this is the first vintage Bryan has used his large format Stockinger barrels for maturation, the bigger wood making a big difference in the final product. A sort of old-world meets new-world take on this iconic Italian variety.
It will be long-lived in the cellar and matches beautifully with a wide range of foods, but it's equally enjoyable to knock back now. If you're a Nebbiolo admirer then you'll love this, and if you're new to the variety then this is a quality place to start.Read more about 2016 Ravensworth Nebbiolo